POSSIBILITIES AND NEEDS FOR CREATION OF INTEGRATED, RELIABLE, RELEVANT, STRUCTURED AND MULTILINGUAL INTERNET DATABASE OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE
Faculty of Technical Sciences (SERBIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN11 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:This paper is based on the research of the means in which science, and all of human knowledge is presented online. Research tools that are used are common techniques used to search and download material from the Internet, which is used to complete the analysis of the organization, segmentation and access to knowledge on the Internet. In determination of the problem we started with the premise that in every historical period, "his" dominant media determine the basic model of human communication. In our era, the dominant medium is the Internet. Joined with several other media which correspond through or with internet, directly or indirectly, internet is a unifying factor for a number of different changes that have occurred in human society, or are jet to come, starting from the end of the twentieth century. Internet is not a unique phenomenon, but a multitude of phenomena that occur on the occasion of completely new features of personalized mass communication. One of the characteristics of the Internet, that is worthy of analysis, is the issue of clarity in a bundle of data that Internet offers. It seems that all searches for knowledge on the Internet became searches for the dissolved and scattered data, where internet always offers mixture of: a solution and the problem (solution = a lot of information, problem = uncertain reliability, the lack of serious tools for the classification by the significance, relevance, type of knowledge within the area / topic). Another problem in the communication of knowledge through the Internet comes from a common segmentation of modern scientific knowledge. The result is a lack of real understanding of the world in which we live, opposed to undoubtedly important breakthroughs that are accomplished in many scientific disciplines. An additional problem is the language barrier and lack of reliable "language communicator." As an illustration of language barrier and by that “trapped” knowledge we can use following example: on internet term science in English (science) is mentioned for 1.130.000.000 times, in Russian (наукa) 81.000.000, in French (la science) 968.000.000, Chinese (科学) 536.000.000, Spanish (la ciencia) 38.000.000, Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin (same word - nauka) 72.700.000 times. In each of those references there are great knowledge in several science disciplines that are available only to those who speak those languages. Who can tell how many more „big“, „small“ or „strange“ languages on internet have knowledge that is basically unavailable to most of us? Can those problems (as well as the others that are analyzed in this paper) be solved?
This paper analyzes realistic, sustainable model of gathering, organizing, evaluating, categorizing and the means for making the knowledge placed in such virtual data base of all human knowledge available. Working title of this project is VDBK (Virtual Database of Human Knowledge).
Keywords: Knowledge, integration of knowledge, internet, project.